Saturday, September 17, 2022

Daily Devotion: A Father’s Task

Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:1-4 

Key Verse: Verse 4  – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Key Words: bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

I am told that psychologists today confirm what has been known for a long time –a child’s personality is shaped very early in life, probably by the age of four or five.  The pre-school years are the most formative years of a person’s life.  Since this molding process usually takes place in the home, the parent’s role is of extreme importance.  It is often assumed that the mother carries the burden of responsibility because she spends the most time with the child; but the father’s task is equally important, and it is imperative that dads become personally involved in the shaping of that little life.  In fact, dads should set the spiritual tone for the home.

Canon  Shore  wrote,  “I  once  saw,  lying side  by  side in  a sculptor’s workshop, two heads made of metal.  One was perfect, all the features of a manly, noble face were clear and distinct.  The other, however, was unrecognizable; it was marred and spoiled.  The man who was showing it to me said, ‘This one is badly distorted because the metal was allowed to cool before it was stamped out, and therefore it would not take the impression.’  So too are many souls stamped with the likeness of our Savior while they are warm in their youthfulness, but once they cool toward the things of God, their lives are marred with sin and become distorted.”

Christian dads need to ask themselves, “What impression am I having on the little ones in my home?”  I trust it is a godly impression.

What to do:
     Apply the above principles.

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